Whether you are looking to buy a new home, become a first time homebuyer or invest in an income property we can help you acquire all of your real estate goals. Finding the right home can be a long and difficult struggle, particularly if you’re new to the property game. When you’re house-hunting there are lots of things to consider, and it’s not always possible to see everything clearly on a first viewing. Here are a few things to consider before you start your house hunting.
Location- of course! The real estate agent’s favourite mantra “location, location, location” still holds true as the most crucial consideration when buying a property. What is important to people in terms of location varies from buyer to buyer, but agents generally advise you to buy in the best street you can afford.
Pictures of the property-When looking at the particulars provided by an estate agent before viewing a property be wary where there is a lack of internal photographs – this could mean it is not very nice or too small to photograph; equally, an exterior shot taken at an odd angle may mean the vendors do not want you to see what is next door.
The locks-Think about whether you will feel safe and secure in the property if you bought it. If you live on your own would you really feel comfortable?
Neighbours-The people who live next door can seriously affect your enjoyment of a property so ask the vendor if they have ever complained to the police or another authority about their neighbours; legally they have to tell you.
If you go for a property that needs renovating or extensive refurbishment, bear in mind that you may need to get the work done before you can get a mortgage, so think how you will pay for this.